Police: Drag racing may have led to fatal BW Parkway crash early Sunday

WASHINGTON — U.S. Park Police said Monday that aggressive driving, possibly drag racing, could have led to the fatal vehicle rollover crash Sunday in Laurel, Maryland.

U.S. Park Police are looking for witnesses who may have seen aggressive driving around 1:30 a.m. between a white Dodge Charger and a red Chevy sedan traveling on the southbound lanes of the Baltimore Washington Parkway near Powder Mill Road.

When U.S. Park Police responded to the area around at 1:46 a.m., officers saw a red Chevrolet Tahoe with a New York license plate overturned on the roadway. A white Dodge Charger, also with New York tags, was located about a mile south of Powder Mill Road, police said.

One person was extricated from the Tahoe, one person was ejected and one person self-extricated, according to Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad Co. 49.

The three victims were taken to a local trauma center.

The back seat passenger who was ejected from the vehicle, a 53-year-old white Hispanic male from Brooklyn, New York, was pronounced dead when he arrived to the hospital at around 2 a.m.

The rollover wreck blocked all southbound lanes for hours and scattered debris across the roadway.

Witnesses can contact U.S. Park Police at 202-610-8737 or 202-610-7500.

WTOP’s Kristi King and Chantalle Edmunds contributed to this report. 

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